Elliot honing sidearm skill at MSU

Logan Elliot is working on his sidearm pitching delivery with MSU pitching coach Butch Thompson. (Mississippi State)

Logan Elliot is working on his sidearm pitching delivery with MSU pitching coach Butch Thompson. (Mississippi State)

Logan Elliot switched his delivery to a sidearm style during his senior year of high school.

Naturally with such a specialized skill, Elliot had trouble finding a pitching coach that could help him at his craft.

The right-hander spent a season at Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College where he went 7-1 with five saves and a 2.19 earned run average. Although he had another year of eligibility at the juco level, both Mississippi State and Florida State came calling for his services.

Elliot did his research and discovered that Bulldogs pitching coach Butch Thompson has had success developing sidearm hurlers throughout his career.

“He was a main factor in me coming here,” Elliot said. “It’s hard to find someone to work with you as a sidearm guy and coach Thompson is really good at that.”

Elliot saw limited action on the mound this past spring at MSU. He pitched in six games logging seven innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder made his debut in an 18-2 victory against Alabama A&M working the final inning out of the bullpen.

“We were winning by a lot so my goal was to just throw strikes,” Elliot said. “We just wanted to get out of there and let the hitters do what they could do with my pitches and I managed to get three outs.”

While he did not have the success he desired as a sophomore, Elliot used the year as a learning experience and time to study under Thompson on a daily basis.

“It’s never really about mechanics, it’s more of a mindset,” Elliot said. “(Thompson) has a great mindset as a pitching coach and has been a big help. I’ve learned more this year than I have my entire career.”

Elliot admitted there was an adjustment period as he made the transition from junior college.

“Usually in junior college the one through four hitters are the guys you have to watch out for,” Elliot said. “Whereas here, you’ve still got to watch out for the bottom of the lineup. It’s a lot quicker paced game and you always have to be on your toes and where to go next and what to throw. In junior college you could slack off on that stuff but you always have to hit your spots and be on your game here.”

The Dunwoody, Ga., native is proud he chose to come to State and not all of it has to do with his progress on the diamond.

“I’m excited to be here,” Elliot said. “I’m always learning. Off the field has made a huge difference for me. I feel like I’ve been developing as a person and as a player while I’ve been here.”

Elliot is spending his summer in his native Georgia pitching for the Alpharetta Braves in the Sunbelt League. He has hurled two complete games during his seven appearances and holds a 2-2 record and a 1.36 ERA in 39.2 frames.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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